R. Kelly Sentenced To 30 Years In Prison For Sex Trafficking & Racketeering Crimes
Despite his legal team’s best efforts, R. Kelly is about to be behind bars for a very long time.
Today (June 29), R. Kelly, 55, was sentenced to 30 years in prison in a New York courtroom after being found guilty of all counts of racketeering and sex trafficking. According to reports, prior to sentencing, some of R. Kelly’s victims addressed the court to share their stories and speak directly to their abuser. One woman said,
“I am a representation of every woman, boy, child, man that you have ever afflicted with your deplorable, inexplicable acts and with that I leave you with yourself, Robert Sylvester Kelly.”
“You used your fame and power to groom and coach underage boys and girls for your own sexual gratification.”
Another victim, who is being referred to as Jane Doe 2, also spoke directly to the “Same Girl” singer and said,
“I don’t know if I’ll ever be whole. What you did has left a permanent stain on my life that I will never be able to wash away. I’m sure you never think about that.”
“You are an abuser, you are shameless, you are disgusting and you are self-serving.”
Following the 6-week trial, the jury deliberated for 9 hours before handing down their verdict. Judge Ann Donnelly announced a prison sentence of 30 years for R. Kelly, which is 5 years longer than the minimum prosecutors sought. He was also reportedly ordered to pay a $100,000 fine. Judge Ann Donnelly said,
“These crimes were calculated and carefully planned and regularly executed for almost 25 years. You taught them that love is enslavement and violence.”
As previously reported, R. Kelly has been in jail since July 2019 after being convicted of racketeering and eight counts of violating the Mann Act, which prohibits transporting people across state lines for prostitution. He still faces child pornography and obstruction of justice charges in Chicago, as well as charges in state courts in Illinois and Minnesota.
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